Barbara H. Cartledge is senior assistant dean of academic programs for Samford's Brock School of Business. She directs the academic advising of 700 undergraduate business majors and 150 graduate students in the M.B.A. and M.Acc. programs. She administers the implementation and application of the majors, programs, and policies in the two arenas of undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has managed and coordinated the growth of the undergraduate program from two majors to seven majors, four concentrations and six minors, as well as the implementation of three concentrations in the M.B.A. program. Under her leadership, and in conjunction with Brock School of Business administration, a new Office of Professional Success was created in the Academic Programs unit which oversees all internships, professional development and employment opportunities for Brock School of Business students.
As assistant professor, Cartledge teaches the first business course, World of Business, which each undergraduate student takes during the spring of their freshmen year. It is a unique offering with executive speakers and teams of students creating competitive business plans. The business plans are submitted to the Regions New Venture Challenge for the potential to earn seed money. Cartledge developed a new course, Business and Local Poverty, which allows the students to engage and discover the initiatives within metro Birmingham that seek to alleviate and mitigate the oppression of poverty. The course grew out of the Brock School of Business social entrepreneurship concentration. She also teaches sections of Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing and Foundations.
Prior to her academic career, Cartledge worked in the telecommunications industry with BellSouth Telecommunications Inc., in marketing research, new product development and management in the small business sector. She also managed human resource data for CWA contract negotiations and strategic forecasting in BellSouth’s Human Resources organization.
In the community, she serves on Restoration Academy School's (inner-city Christian school) board of directors, the Hope Health Center board of directors, Briarwood Fellows board of directors, the MOMENTUM non-profit committee, and is a Junior League of Birmingham sustainer. Previously she served on Vanderbilt University’s Birmingham alumni chapter board, the Sav-A-Life board of directors as treasurer, and Vestavia Hills Mayor’s Education Committee. She is an alumna of Birmingham MOMENTUM women’s leadership program as well as an alumna of Leadership Vestavia Hills.
She and her husband, Tom, have two children, Hall and Joan. They live in Birmingham, Alabama and are members of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ed. D., Samford University
- M.B.A., Samford University
- B.S., mathematics, history minor, cum laude, Vanderbilt University
Cartledge was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies in post graduate studies.